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RED ZONE: Target Analysis

By using red zone data you can uncover players that could give your teams a boost while navigating through bye-weeks.  There are a few players at each position that might still be available in your league and the time to grab them is now.


Scoring Opportunities Player passed and the play started inside the 10 or ended inside the 5 yard line
RedZone Opportunities Player passed and the line of scrimmage was inside the 20 yard line
Heart Breaks Player passed for more than 5 yards down the field and the play ended inside the 5 yard line
All statistics in this report include plays that were nullified by penalty


Running Back



1 Wilson, Jeff SFO 4 2 9 2 0
2 Lindsay, Phillip DEN 5 2 7 2 0
3 Kamara, Alvin NOS 7 2 7 1 2
4 McCaffrey, Christian CAR 4 1 6 0 0
5 McCoy, LeSean KCC 5 2 6 2 0
6 Chubb, Nick CLE 3 1 6 1 0
7 Elliott, Ezekiel DAL 1 0 5 0 0
8 Ingram, Mark BAL 4 3 4 3 0
9 Mattison, Alexander MIN 1 1 4 1 0
10 Burkhead, Rex NEP 2 1 4 1 1


Jeff Wilson, San Francisco 49ers

Wilson is going to be the goal-line back, at least for now. Wilson rushed eight times for 18 yards and two scores, both coming on his two red zone opportunities.  Both touchdowns came in the third quarter, the first from the one-yard line, he made a dive into the end zone. His second was from the four-yard line where it appeared he was going to come up short but kept fighting for the score. This is now two weeks in a row that Wilson has multiple touchdowns, and led the backfield in the red zone. He didn’t get the volume Breida and Mostert did with each getting 14 and 12 carries respectively, but he’s making the most of his touches. The 49ers are on a bye this week, but keep an eye on Wilson as he has been a force in the red zone and San Francisco clearly likes him in that role.

Mark Ingram, Baltimore Ravens

Lamar Jackson struggled in this one which allowed Ingram to have a day. He had four red zone opportunities and cashed in on three. He scored his first in the opening quarter on a run right up the gut from the two-yard line, after Lamar Jackson scrambled on fourth down to keep the drive alive. His second score came with just under 11 minutes left in the third quarter, a hand-off from the 19-yard line where Ingram made a cut and just took it to the house. His final score came in the fourth quarter from the one right up the middle with Ingram extending to break the plane. Baltimore was down for most of this game, but they never abandoned the run which is a good sign for those who are invested in Ingram.  


Wide Receiver



1 Landry, Jarvis CLE 2 0 4 0 0
2 Evans, Mike TBB 4 3 4 2 0
3 Lockett, Tyler SEA 3 1 4 1 1
4 Agholor, Nelson PHI 3 2 3 2 0
5 Shepard, Russell NYG 1 0 3 0 0
6 Gabriel, Taylor CHI 2 2 3 2 0
7 Kupp, Cooper LAR 2 2 3 2 0
8 Metcalf, DK SEA 1 0 3 0 0
9 Williams, Preston MIA 0 0 3 0 0
10 Hilton, T.Y. IND 3 1 3 1 0


Mike Evans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Evans scored all three of his touchdowns in the first half of Sunday’s game against the Giants. Evans had four red zone opportunities and scored twice, with his third touchdown coming from just outside the red zone. His first score was beautiful, he was one-on-one with Janoris Jenkins from 22 yards out, Winston threw a toss up and Evans went up and got it, beating Jenkins for the jump ball. Later in the first quarter with about 20 seconds left on the clock, Winston threw a quick screen to Evans from the 2-yard line and Evans coasted into the end zone. His third and final score of the day came off a play-action fake from the 20-yard line with under two minutes in the half. It was a great and much-needed effort for Evans owners who needed it.

Preston Williams, Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins are a wasteland for fantasy talent this year however Williams could be worth a flier in deeper leagues. The Dolphins could potentially lose every game this year, but that also means they will be playing from behind and someone needs to catch passes. He had three red zone opportunities, but no touchdowns. It appeared Preston had a touchdown with about six minutes left in the second quarter, but it was ruled incomplete. The Dolphins kept this one close into the half and played better with Rosen under center. Preston had 12 targets on the day catching four balls for 68 yards; making a few nice grabs in this one, against an improved Dallas secondary.  If Williams is on the waiver wire he’s worth a pickup this week in deeper leagues.


Tight End



1 Olsen, Greg CAR 2 2 3 2 0
2 Andrews, Mark BAL 1 0 3 0 0
3 Hooper, Austin ATL 2 2 3 2 0
4 Hockenson, T.J. DET 2 0 3 0 0
5 Kittle, George SFO 2 0 2 0 0
6 Walker, Delanie TEN 0 0 2 0 0
7 Akins, Jordan HOU 2 2 2 1 0
8 Engram, Evan NYG 3 1 2 0 0
9 Dissly, Will SEA 1 1 2 1 0
10 Davis, Vernon WAS 1 0 2 0 1


Austin Hooper, Atlanta Falcons

If you were in tight end trouble and took a shot on Hooper, it paid off in Week 3. Hooper had three red zone opportunities on the day and scored two touchdowns. His first score came in the third quarter on a play-action pass from the 13-yard line, Hooper found an opening between three Colt defenders and was able to punch it in. In the fourth quarter with about 14 minutes on the clock, Ryan stepped up in the pocket and found Hooper for pay dirt. Hooper saw seven total targets on the day catching six for 66 yards. A solid outing for Hooper in this one who is on the radar if you are having tight end issues this year.

Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers

Olsen had the game he was supposed to against the Arizona Cardinals who are the worst team in the NFL at defending the tight end. On three red zone opportunities, he scored two touchdowns and had six catches for 75 yards as well. His first score came in the third quarter from the three-yard line. Olsen ran a flat route and was wide open and strolled into the end zone. In the fourth quarter, Kyle Allen found Olsen in the back of the end zone for his second score of the day.  As long as Olsen stays healthy, he is a better option at tight end than any that are on waivers.

About Nick Lemma

Being from New York Nick is loud and persistent. Known as the Hot-Headed Italian within his circle, his opinions are bold with facts and stats to back them up. While playing across multiple leagues and serving as commissioner of his hometown league for the past 12 years, he’s been consumed by football. Being a seasoned player, he’s had success in various formats and league setups. When he’s not reading or writing about football he can be found spending time with his wife and son.